Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 15 Days

5,554m/18,192ft

Solukhumbu,Nepal

Minimum 02

Strenuous

OVERVIEW

Everest base Camp trek is one of the popular and most demanding trekking trails in Nepal. Every adventure trek lovers want to see the close panoramic views of world's highest peaks. Everest base camp trekking is the golden lifetime opportunity to see the breathtaking scenery of Mount Everest. Everest base camp trek provides experience the unique cultural heritage of Sherpa with the amazing flora and fauna of the Himalayas region. Stunning views of other peaks like Mount Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori,  Amadablam and many other adds more attraction on this trek. The amazing views of sunrise above the snowcapped world’s highest peaks can be seen from the Kalapatthar.

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. 

    Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek

     Evening: Trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at Authentic Nepali restaurant with culture program.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 02: Fly To Lukla & start Trek to Phakding (2,610m / 8,563 ft.) – 3 hrs.

    Early morning transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla (2,880m). This 45-minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport, which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Upon arrival the guide will arrange the porters at the nearby lodge. During this break, the guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining both sides of the traditional cobbled street.  

    The trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction through the narrow street, which immediately descends from the end of the village on a trail through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to the trekkers. This day’s trek is an easy one and ultimately descends to the river at Phakding (2,610m).

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,447m / 11,300 ft) – 5~6 Hrs.

    Leave the main village and the follow the trail on the left bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is a pleasant walk for the first half of the day as one passes through agricultural countryside and small wayside villages. Just before lunch, there is a steep climb of about 20 minutes to arrive at Monjo for Lunch. After lunch, trek up to the check post to check the permits and enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. Descend for 10 minute and then cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jorsale (2,800m). Pass through several small villages and beautiful pine forest. This is a busy trail with plenty of human interest.

    Our first good views are of west ridge of Kusum Kangru (6,339m). Follow the Dudh Kosi River, crossing a rickety suspension bridge, which is in a dilapidated condition, and then slowly climb up a very steep trail to Namche Bazaar.  Near half waypoint, we enjoy our first views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,516m) - the big three. The climb is for nearly 3 hours as one gain in altitude making breathing difficult due to rarified air. Arrive at a gate with a sign saying, "Welcome to Namche Bazaar" but it is very misleading as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive at the main town.

    This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. Mt. Thamserku (6,648m) and Kwangde Ri (6,624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707 m) dominates the skyline along the west.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 04: Rest day for acclimatization in Namche. 

    In the morning after breakfast go for a walk and later return for lunch. After lunch the guest are free to rest or go around the bustling Namche Bazaar.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 05: Trek to Devouche via Thyangboche Monastery (3,860m / 12,664 ft) – 7 Hrs.

    Walk to the checkpoint to show the permits. Then walk uphill for a short period to reach a huge prayer stone from where the path straightens and we get great views of some of the Himalayan ranges. Later as we walk we descend through the rhododendron forest, watching for the blood pheasant and Imphayan pheasant in the undergrowth. As we reach the valley there is Dudh Kosi River where we stop for a lunch at Phunki Thanga (3,200m), next to several large water driven prayer wheels. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly on a steep trail to the Thyangboche Monastery. Thyangboche lies at the base of Kangtega and is a classic setting with superb views backs up the valley to the Ama Dablam, and the Everest poking its southwest face over the huge ridgeline linking Nuptse and Lhotse. The Thyangboche Monastery is one of the most important monasteries of the Khumbu Region and the late afternoon can be spent visiting this ancient Monastery. It is the traditional place where all Everest Expeditions receive their blessings as they walk in towards the base camp. After visiting Thyangboche Monastery a short, steep and muddy descent to Devouche through theforest of briches, conifers and rhododendrons.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 06: Trek to Pheriche (4,220m / 13,840 ft.) - 5 Hrs.

    In the morning after breakfast is a short, steep and muddy descent to Devouche through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. After we pass the Devouche village there is steep climb up to the village of Pangbouche. For the next half an hour the path is on level ground with few gentle climbs. We have to go uphill for about 45 minutes to reach our lunch point. After lunch at Somare the trails goes up to the left, through the front yards of a few herders’ huts, over a stone wall and climbs a small ridge before descending to Khumbu Khola, crossing it on a wooden bridge. From the bridge it is 10-mins walk, usually in the wind to Pheriche which is a windier place and is colder than most places in Khumbu.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization.

    As per the study on high altitude sickness, it has been found that most of the people suffer or show signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) from the altitude of 14,000 ft. Thus it is highly recommended to have a rest day to acclimatize at this altitude before starting an ascent. The trekkers’ aid post operates at Pheriche, supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association and Tokyo Medical College. A western physician is usually in attendance during the trekking season. This establishment, and the doctors who operates it, specialize in the study and treatment of altitude sickness and strive to educate trekkers in the dangers of too fast an ascent to high altitudes.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4,931 m / 16,173 ft) – 5 Hrs.

    An ill- defined track traverse across the open landscape with a short steep ascent to arrive at a ridge to join the main trail coming up from Dingboche on the right and the trail from Cho la pass on the left. On the way you can watch the beautiful view of the Mt. Cholatese (6,442m) back on the Westside of the route and Mt. Amadablam to the rear. After arrival at the ridge, descend, for about ten minutes, cross a bridge and arrive at Thugla for a short break.

    After Thugla, there is a very steep ascent for about one hour to the ridge where there is a Sherpa memorial in remembrance to those brave mountaineers who died during Expeditions.

    Travel along the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks passing by the memorials of Rob Hall and Yasuko Namba and others who perished during the Mt. Everest disaster of 1996. The memorial chortens dots the skyline facing the mountains and overlooking the valley below. Further on the trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with views of Pumori or Widow’s Peak in the foreground. The stark and the rugged beauty create almost a moonscape. The teahosue at Lobuche is reached for lunch, after another hour of steady trekking through the moraine and is situated in a wind swept valley with the views of the Tawatse (6,501m) and Nuptse (7,855m).

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 09: Trek to GorakShep (5,160m) & continue to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,593 ft. ) - 7 Hrs.

    From Lobuche, a short climb brings one to another valley. Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. The trail continues to slowly contour on the open landscape through an ablation and after about an hour, there is a steep ascent for about 20 minutes. Climb slowly to a ridge and then continue on a trail of rocks caused by rockslides. On a clear day Mt. Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Arrive at the ridge above Gorakshep and then descend to Gorakshep, a settlement with few teahouses to stay overnight. This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. In 1953 A.D. the British Everest expedition called this “lake camp’. Gork Shep or "graveyard of the crows” has a small lake that is usually frozen and several monuments to climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions. The carved stone in memory of Jake Britenbach, US expedition and the monument of Indian Ambassador H. Dayal, who died during a visit to the Everest Base Camp after the 1965 A.D, Indian expedition, are northeast of the lake. -  3 Hours.

    After lunch  early lunch at Gorakshep start hike to Everest Base Camp, while fascinating, is not spectacular as the ascent of Kala Pattar because there is no view of Everest itself from the base camp. Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse, which loom over the Base Camp, shades the view of Everest. The trail continues on a ridge from where a small glimpse of Mt. Everest can be seen. At the end of the ridge, a scrabbling descent leads to the entry into Khumbu Glacier. The trail through the glacier is an interesting one in that one can actually feel, as if one is inside a fridge with the cold seeping from all sides. The Everest Base Camp is also the site for the base camp for Lhotse and Nuptse. It is not actually a specific site as various expeditions have elected different locations for a semi permanent camp during their assault on the mountains. Some of the sites that expeditions have used, as base camps are identifiable form debris on the glacier at 5360m or more.

    However the highlight of the trip to this place is the sight of the Khumbu icefall and the trek along the Khumbu Icefall is an interesting and an exhilarating one. Later return to Gorakshep for overnight.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 10: Climb Kalapatthar (5,550m / 18,190 ft.) & backtrack to Pheriche (4,220m / 13,840 ft.) – 8 Hrs.

    After early wake up, take the left-hand side trail and head straight up the hill to Kala Pattar (5,550m) for the Sunrise views over Mt. Everest. The trek up to the top is an arduous one and takes about two to three hours to reach it. The morning is the best time to view Mt. Everest from this vantage point as the sun is behind the observer and directly on the mountains in front. The climb to the Kala Pattar though tough, is well worth it as the views from here are breathtaking. The giants of the earth are all around Pumori (7,145m), Everest (8,848m), and China’s peak Changtse (7,553m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam and many others. Later return to Gorakshep. After summit to Kalapatthar descent down to Gorekshep for breakfast. Later on start your return journey back to Pheriche via Thukla.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 11: Back track to Namche (3,447m / 11,300 ft) – 8~9 Hrs.

    After breakfast start backtrack to Namche via Debouche. Having been consistently at high altitude above 4,200m most trekkers welcome the thoughts of returning to warmer, softer climbs and the days walk to Debouche is a delightful way of doing so. The route starts back through the long walled paths of the village, and then descends to the bridge. Cross the wooden bridge and a gradual ascent along the flanks of the hills brings us to the pass with a chorten. From here descend continuously and a little further the route joins the main trail coming from Dingboche. From here it takes about 45 minutes to the village of Somare at 3850 m. Pass through the village and then a 45 minute walk along the hill side high above the Dudhkosi brings us to the village of Pangboche (3,985m). Continue through the Pangboche village and ascend to a pass. Then we descend steeply for about 30 minutes to arrive at the spectacular little bridge over the river and leads into the fir and rhododendron forest and a lovely afternoon's walk of another 40 minutes brings us to the meadows and the village to Devouche for lunch. After lunch there is a steep ascent for 30 minutes to reach Thyangboche. It is a classic setting with superb views backs up the valley to the Ama Dablam, and the Everest poking its southwest face over the huge ridgeline linking Nuptse and the Lhotse. At the rear is the beautiful west face of the Tamserku (6,608m) and Kang Taiga (6,685m).

    From here descent to the Imja Khola and the small village of Phunki (3,250m) with its water powered Prayer Wheels takes about one and half hour. The original bridge built by Sir Edmund Hillary was washed away when a flood caused by the landside from the Ama Dablam caused a flooding in this region. Cross the river over the smaller bridge and start the climb towards Sanasa and from here Namche Bazaar is about one and half hour.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 12: Back track to Lukla (2,880 m / 9,446 ft.) – 8 hrs.

    After breakfast, head to the end of the village and then immediately start to descend to the river. If going up was tough it is equally hard to get the footing and walk down hill. Head along the banks of the river and then further descend to village of Jorsale, after crossing the suspension bridge there is a steep climb to Monjo Village. From Monjo it is a steady descent of about 2 hrs to Phakding and on the way we pass through small settlements constructing new lodges. It is interesting to watch others starting enthusiastically on the trek ahead as we head down to our campsite at Lukla. After lunch from Phakding, it is a surprising hard uphill climb to Lukla, which should take about 3 hours. It is a delightful ending to the trip as one enters into this busy village of Lukla.

    Evening: Sherpa bid farewell party.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

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    Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu (30 min) & transfer to hotel.

    Early morning, fly from Lukla to Katmandu. Upon arrival, meet, assist and transfer to hotel.

    Rest of the day is free for shopping and personal activities.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

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    Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City.

    Am: After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) - an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.

    In addition also visit   the Boudhanath Stupa - an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple- the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

    Pm: After lunch drive up to the Swayambhunath Stupa situated atop a hill from where you could get a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhunath Stupa is also known as the “Monkey Temple”!!

    Evening: Group farewell dinner at nice restaurant in Thamel.

    Overnight at hotel. 

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    Day 15: Final departure. 

    Free for final minute packing and shopping until transfer to the airport for final departure.

cost includes

    • All transfers, sightseeing tours & drives as per itinerary in a private tourist vehicle  accompanied by English speaking guide from Himalayan Holidays.
    • Welcome Garlands of seasonal flowers upon arrival.
    • 3 nights stay at hotel (as above) in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis including American breakfast and all taxes.
    • Nepali Welcoming Dinner at a Nepali authentic restaurant in Kathmandu.
    • Tea House Trek as per Itinerary including all meals, accommodation at Lodges and Tea Houses, and the service of English speaking trek leader and a team of experienced Sherpa assistant/s and a reliable porters.
    • Porterage tips to porters upon arrival and departures at the airport.
    • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary including applicable monumental entry fees
    • Sagarmatha National Park fees.
cost excludes

    • International airfares and airport departure taxes.
    • Nepal entry visa (US$25 per person
    • Airfare for sector Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu (Quoted Seperately)
    • Items of a personal nature such as; laundry, bar bills, alcoholic beverages (except on welcome dinner), extra mileage, optional tours such as       Mountain Flights, telephone calls, internet services, personal gratuities as tips to guides, bell-hops or hotel porters, drivers, etc.
    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change     of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation           purpose.
    • Any items that are not mentioned in above the costs include section.
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FAQs

Nepal visa is easily issued from Nepalese Embassy in your country. Nepal also issue on arrival visa for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days charging fee of USD 25, USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please carry two passport size photos along with you.

Best season for trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. During this time weather is clear and warm. But, if you like to avoid crowd then best time for your trek will be from May to September. 

Yes, we do provide international airport pick up and drop off services. Outside terminal, our staff will be displaying companies play card or your name card depending upon group size, for your convenience.

It is compulsory to have your insurance before you visit Nepal. For trekking and Alpine Climbing you must have High Altitude Insurance. And for Tour and sightseeing you must have travel insurance.

You must be physically fit and healthy for trekking in Nepal. It’s better to do at least 2 hours morning or evening walk to prepare yourself for this trekking. Please let us know in advance if you have any medical problems like heart disease, asthma and blood pressure.

Difficulty level depends upon the remoteness and altitude of the trekking route. Basically, trekking below 3,000m is easy. Higher the altitude, it’s more difficult to walk.

In trekking, wide variety of food is available. Teahouses prepare Nepali food, Indian food and Continental food as per menu. All the foods are freshly prepared. We suggest you not to consume meat items during the trekking.

Basically, we accommodate our clients in 3 to 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities in standard rooms on twin sharing basis. For luxury package we accommodate you in 5 star and beautiful boutique hotels in available places. On trek we accommodate you in best available lodges and teahouses standard rooms on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory on busy season.

In teahouse trekking basic facilities are available, with clean rooms, blankets, freshly cooked warm food. Sometimes there will be common toilets and bathrooms outside your room. Warm water is available for shower on extra cost.

In camping trekking, we will use the tents that can keep us warm from -20 degree Celsius to -40 degree Celsius. Tents for toilet, shower, dinning and kitchen will be set up for your convenience. Comfortable trekking chairs, tables and mattress will be available. Fresh and healthy food will be prepared by our professional cook.

Means of transportation depends on places you travel. We have our own fleet of transportation like car, jeep, Hiace and Coaster tourist bus for ground transfer. Domestic airplane and helicopter are used for air transportation.

Weather in the Mountains is highly unpredictable. So we should always be prepared to tackle the cold. From March to May and September to November in the morning and evening temperature will be (from 3000m to 6000m) 0 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius, in afternoon it will rise upto 20 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius and at night it might fall down till -5 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius. Similarly, during winter i.e. December, January and February there will be heavy snowfall in the Mountains dropping temperature till -15 degree Celsius at night. Morning and evening will be around -5 to 5 degree Celsius and temperature will rise upto 15 degree Celsius during day time. And our monsoon season from June to August where we expect heavy and continuous rainfall. But if we go above 3000m altitude ratio of rainfall will decrease. Temperature during day will reach upto 25 degree Celsius high and reduce till 0 degree Celsius to -5 degree Celsius. Morning and evening will be chill from 5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius.

For trekking in the Mountains you will need very warm, windproof, waterproof clothes. You must bring trekking/hiking boot which is comfortable to wear and walk. Beside that quick dry t-shirt, trouser and towel is important.

On average you have to walk 6 to 8 hrs a day covering 12 to 18 km in distance.

Of course, this trip is completely safe for solo travelers. You will have your guide and porter for your assistance; they will definitely take care of you along the trip.

Health and safety of our clients is a major concern of our company. All our guides have got first aid training. Your guide will be carrying first aid kit and satellite phone during the trekking in case of emergency and we can use the helicopter service for immediate evacuation.

Yes, you can use your debit/credit card in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. We suggest you to carry cash (Nepali Currency) during the trekking for your personal expenses.

If its Altitude Sickness problem then we will immediately carry you down to lower altitude. We will take you to the nearby health post and if the case is serious we will immediately do helicopter rescue and admit in major hospitals in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

We have included rest/spare day in your itinerary to acclimatize in the thin air. Your guide will encourage you to drink more soup and garlic which is believed to help in high altitude. Besides that, your guide will be carrying medicine (Diamox) to reduce altitude sickness.

Giving tips to your guide and porters is a small gesture of thank you for your service. We don’t fix the amount of tips but it’s completely depends on the level of satisfaction from your guide and porters service during your trekking. This small gesture will really help to support their family living. Tipping system in Nepal is 10% of the amount that you paid for your trip.

Yes there are telephones and internet facilities available in the most places during trekking. Your guide is always carrying a mobile phone, you can request him to make international call and in return you can recharge/top-up or give small amount as international call charge.

Yes all your electronic gadgets charging facility is available on your trekking. They do charge NRS 200 to NRS 500 for service.

Yes, it’s possible to extend your trip. You can always let your guide know about it and we will arrange the logistic.

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